7 Natural Alternatives To Antibiotics

It is important to be aware of the effects antibiotics have on our bodies, as it has become a public health burden on us in more ways than one. It is not just the medical industry that capitalizes on the use of antibiotics, but our global food system as well.  

Take the agricultural use of antibiotics, that are injected into animals or animal feed and are then sold to us for consumption. Antibiotic residue can linger in these meat and dairy products. 

Due to such over-consumption, treating infections with antibiotics today unfortunately, leads to more damage than good, to our immunity and digestive systems. 

Luckily, we have the choice for our health to be in our own hands. In mother nature’s hands. Here are 7 of our favorite Natural Antibiotics that have been around years, with no negative side-effects.

1. Raw Honey

Raw Honey is still the best antibiotic with many healing benefits. It fights infections on multiple levels and does not lead to resistant bacteria. Manuka Honey is another delicious multi-purpose wonder! Again, naturally containing antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties. It can be used as an ointment, topically or can be taken orally for internal health.  

2. Garlic

Garlic is a natural potent antibiotic which helps to clear sinuses. Due to the high levels of sulfur compound and allicin it has the ability to kill various forms of bacteria. 

3. Echinacea

Echinacea is a superfood herb that is a natural antibiotic and immune stimulator. It helps the body fight off cold and flu like symptoms.  

4. Grape-Fruit Extract

Grape-fruit extract (GSE) is another super healer! With its powerful combination of antifungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. GSE extract can act as a natural preservative and disinfectant, which contains antibacterial activity against foodborne pathogens.

5. Fermented Foods

Fermented Foods such as Sauerkraut and Kimchi have been around for centuries. 
They are full of health-promoting properties and rich in probiotics for gut health and digestion.

6. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is quite possibly one of Mother Nature's greatest gifts.  
Not only can it be used in delicious recipes, it is also great for the skin and, due to its anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties it makes a perfect oil for oil pulling.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is natural bacteria fighting agent with multiple proven benefits. It can be used as probiotic as well as a disinfectant!

Source: Food Matters

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